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The first woman ever to head a television network, Kay Koplovitz is the founder of the USA Network as well as the Sci-Fi Channel (now the SyFy Channel.) The adventurous broadcasting pioneer created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams – licensing and advertising. Since 2000, she has been the co-founder and chairman of Springboard Enterprises, where she works to bring women entrepreneurs to the forefront of today’s business world.

As a visionary of what sports television would become, Ms. Koplovitz launched major professional and collegiate sports on cable television. She navigated the high testosterone deal-making sessions of the sports world, negotiating contracts in order to bring about the first cable coverage for Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Masters from Augusta Georgia, the US Tennis Open and a collection of NCAA conference sporting events. She led USA Networks to first place in cable primetime, and later launched USA Networks International into 60 countries worldwide.

In 1998, President Clinton appointed Ms. Koplovitz to chair the bipartisan National Women's Business Council. She used this platform to found Springboard Enterprises, a national organization fostering venture capital investments in women-led high growth companies. Under her leadership, Springboard has raised over $5.5 billion and created more than 10,000 jobs.

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Kay Koplovitz is the Founder of USA Network and the visionary who created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams – licensing and advertising. When she founded USA Network under the banner of Madison Square Garden Sports in 1977 she was the first woman to head a television network. She led USA Network to first place in cable prime time ratings and it remained there for 14 years.

As a visionary of what sports television would become, Ms. Koplovitz launched major professional and collegiate sports on cable television by negotiating the first contracts and creating first cable coverage for Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Masters from Augusta Georgia, the US Tennis Open and a collection of NCAA conference sporting events.

In 1992, she launched the Sci-Fi Channel (now The Syfy Channel) which has become a top ten rated cable network known for innovative drama and mini-series.In 1994, she launched USA Networks International, including what was then known as the Sci-Fi Channel into 60 countries worldwide.

In 1998, President Clinton appointed Kay Koplovitz to chair the bipartisan National Women’s Business Council. She used this platform to launch Springboard Enterprises, in a move to get women entrepreneurs to “think big” about their growth companies and to raise venture capital to fund them.

Springboard Enterprises, her shared vision with co-founder Amy Millman, selects, trains and presents women-led companies to raise venture capital. Springboard is creating a national human capital network and has become the premier platform for women entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts meet to build great women-led businesses.

In 2001, Ms. Koplovitz co-founded Boldcap Ventures, a venture fund backed exclusively by high net worth women seeking to grow their portfolios with early stage investments. Boldcap invests principally in the media, technology, and healthcare sectors.

Kay Koplovitz, one of today’s leading women in business, is the author of Bold Women,Big Ideas (2002), which she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity.

She is a sought after motivational speaker on subjects ranging from women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, capital formation, creating a human capital ecosystem, to emerging media and management.

In February 2015, Ms. Koplovitz introduced and edited Been There, Run That, an anthology of best practices from Springboard entrepreneurs who have “been there, run that.”

An experienced public board member, Ms. Koplovitz is a board member of CA Technologies, ION media and Time Inc. She has served on the boards of Instinet, Oracle, Nabisco, General Re, and Kate Spade (Formerly Fifth & Pacific).


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Kay Koplovitz Full Speech


Kay Koplovitz connects the dots between mentorship and building big businesses that can improve the lives of 1 billion people. She highlights how the youth she’s spoken with around the globe have a fiery desire to “do well by doing good,” but are unsure of how to start building a business or evaluate which ideas might lead to a successful enterprise.

Recalling her own experiences that led her to create and scale the USA Network, she notes that there are many steps along the way where one is unsure of what action they should take, and in those moments advice from a seasoned entrepreneur is priceless. She urges her colleagues in entrepreneurship to reach out to today’s youth, find talent, and develop it. Not only will this talent benefit their own ventures, but they will also be shaping the next generation of entrepreneurs who will solve many of the planet’s problems. “Human capital is really the key to all other capital,” she emphasizes.

Kay Koplovitz: Keynote, Chicago Ideas Week



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Kay Koplovitz’s experiences have provided her with an invaluable mix of wisdom, insight and insider’s perspective. Well armed with industry statistics, case histories, personal anecdotes and practical advice, Kay, as a speaker, eloquently shares her experience in the worlds of media, finance, and the boardroom to inspire, inform, educate, and entertain. Her own pursuits provide a wealth of experience and knowledge for others to draw upon.

Suggested Speaking Topics:

  • Leadership
  • The Art of Corporate Board Governance
  • Constructing an Effective Corporate Board
  • The Changing Media Landscape
  • The Power of Ideas
  • The Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • The Power of Human Capital
  • Deconstructing the Process of Raising Capital




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    Bold Women, Big Ideas: Learning to Play the High Risk Entrepreneurial Game
    Koplovitz (founder, USA Networks and Springboard) offers other female capitalists the benefits of her experience, and the lessons of her mistakes. Citing examples of successful businesswomen, she offers advice on creating, launching, and financing new businesses, breaking into the "old-boys′" network, and developing equity. Along the way she presents anecdotes illustrating basic business principles, and offers aphorisms like "If you′re not an owner, it′s not your business" and "play to win."
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Suggested Speaking Topics:

  • Leadership
  • The Art of Corporate Board Governance
  • Constructing an Effective Corporate Board
  • The Changing Media Landscape
  • The Power of Ideas
  • The Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • The Power of Human Capital
  • Deconstructing the Process of Raising Capital


Kay Koplovitz Full Speech


Kay Koplovitz connects the dots between mentorship and building big businesses that can improve the lives of 1 billion people. She highlights how the youth she’s spoken with around the globe have a fiery desire to “do well by doing good,” but are unsure of how to start building a business or evaluate which ideas might lead to a successful enterprise.

Recalling her own experiences that led her to create and scale the USA Network, she notes that there are many steps along the way where one is unsure of what action they should take, and in those moments advice from a seasoned entrepreneur is priceless. She urges her colleagues in entrepreneurship to reach out to today’s youth, find talent, and develop it. Not only will this talent benefit their own ventures, but they will also be shaping the next generation of entrepreneurs who will solve many of the planet’s problems. “Human capital is really the key to all other capital,” she emphasizes.

Kay Koplovitz: Keynote, Chicago Ideas Week



Women Make Progress in the Boardroom

By Kay Koplovitz

The Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI) study, regarding the percentage of women-held board seats in retail and consumer products companies, recently brought a bit of good news for the cause of parity on corporate boards. This global study included the boards of 168 companies in 26 countries, and focused on companies with at least $1 ... more

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Defining Corporate Culture

By Kay Koplovitz

I think it is important for all entrepreneurs to know that you have one chance to set the culture for your company, and it is at the very beginning. Even in those heady days of first blush business, it is important to know your values, to establish those values for your employees and to adhere to them. They define who you are and will remain for generations to come. ... more

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Innovation in Healthcare Technology- Kay Koplovitz

By Kay Koplovitz

The very first time I saw real innovation in healthcare IT was in 2003 in Chicago, when Linda Hall presented QuickMedix (later named MinuteClinic). What really impressed me was the simplicity of the premise, based on the easy “in and out” of 1 Hour Photo. If people could drop off their film and pick up ... more

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